Mark Jernigan, Investment Committee Chair
Mark is the Founder and Managing Partner of both Cimarron funds. He was previously a principal in Jernigan-Kinsella & Co., a member firm of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. Prior to the launch of the U.S. Government Bond futures contract, he designed a proprietary arbitrage model to capitalize on trading opportunities when futures prices and cash bonds deviated from fair value. That business was acquired by Cantor, Fitzgerald, where Mark continued for several years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director.
In each capacity, over a period of approximately 17 years, he was responsible for assisting many primary government dealer firms and other large financial service firms in carrying out their trading strategies in the financial futures marketplace.
Prior to that, he was employed by Halsey, Stuart & Co., and Lehman Brothers, Inc. as an institutional salesman.
BS, Oklahoma State University
MBA in Finance, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
Clayton Jernigan, Chief Compliance Officer and Investment Committee Member
He earned his B.A. from Williams College (Honors) and his J.D. from Duke University (High Honors, Order of the Coif), where he received the faculty award in property law and was an Articles Editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum. He also received an M.A. From Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Before joining Cimarron, Clayton served as an Attorney Advisor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of General Counsel. During his time at NOAA, Clayton received a Bronze Medal Award, the highest honorary award granted by the NOAA Administrator. Prior to NOAA, Clayton worked as a litigator, representing clients in complex civil litigation related to energy development in the Alaskan Arctic. Following law school, Clayton completed a clerkship with Justice William Leaphart of the Supreme Court of Montana. In his spare time, Clayton enjoys sharing his love of the outdoors with his wife and two daughters.
BA, Williams College
MA, Duke University
JD, Duke University
William Swee, Investment Committee Member
He attended Northwestern University where he obtained his B.A. in Economics (Honors) and Philosophy. William was selected by the faculty of the Economics Department to participate in the honors program, in which he wrote a thesis developing a quantitative model that described the Federal Trade Commission's merger regulation actions. For this research, he received the Robert Eisner Award for Excellence in Economic Research. In addition, William was the captain of the undergraduate Northwestern team that competed in the L'Oreal E-Strat International Business Challenge, placing in the top 3% in North America. He also received a Nolan Scholarship for his contribution to the Northwestern community, which included heading business analysis for the Openshutter Project. A member of the Northwestern Triathlon Club in its inaugural year, William continues to compete in triathlons, including Ironman distance, and ultramarathons in his spare time.
BA, Northwestern University
Ronald Schutz, Investment Committee Member
His career in investment banking and institutional fixed income sales involved positions as a principal in several firms, including Halsey Stuart; Vincent, Chesley, & Co.; Prescott, Ball & Turben; The Chicago Corporation, and ABN AMRO. He has experience in institutional sales focused on fixed income, derivatives, private placement, and alternative investments.
BS, University of Illinois
MBA in Marketing, Northwestern University (Kellogg)
Elizabeth Garvin, Analyst
She recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she obtained her B.B.A. in Finance and Economics (summa cum laude). Elizabeth was selected by the faculty of the Finance Department as one of four students in her graduating class to receive the Hamilton Award for students with especially high academic credentials. Additionally, Elizabeth was chosen to participate in the competitive and rigorous Applied Investment Management course, in which she was able to manage an active portfolio of equities from an allocation from Notre Dame's Endowment. Outside of her academic work, Elizabeth participated in Notre Dame's Women's boxing program, Baraka Bouts, for three years. After just one season, she was nominated to a captain's position, and her senior year, she acted as the club's president.
BBA, University of Notre Dame
John Bessone, Business Development Specialist
He is responsible for fostering relationships with potential and current investors in the Cimarron funds. Prior to joining Cimarron, Mr. Bessone was Vice President, Business Development and Private Equity at Fort Washington Investment Advisors, a $47 billion institutional, corporate and high-net-worth asset management firm based in Cincinnati. Previously John worked with Stevenson & Company, a Chicago-based middle-market focused investment banking firm and Richland Gordon, a boutique investment banking firm, both specializing in the M&A market. John also had experience at ABC Sports where he received an Emmy Award for his production work on the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
BA, Williams College
Alexandria Davison, Administrative Assistant
Alexandria provides support to the team. She graduated in May of 2015 from Miami University's Honors Program where she majored in Organizational Communications and Public Administration and minored in Aging and Public Policy. She is always eager to learn new things and to have adventures of all sorts. In her spare time she enjoys ballroom dancing, cooking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband.
BA, Miami University
Wilson Williams, Investment Committee Consultant
Wilson is the principal owner and President of Williams Financial Group (WFG) located in Dallas, Texas. WFG is a registered broker-dealer with the N.A.S.D. and a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities Exchange Commission. WFG, founded in 1987, provides clearance and financial support services for financial advisors throughout the United States. The financial advisors are associated with WFG as independent contractors and utilize WFG for trading services, market research, certain proprietary products and general administrative support. As principal of the firm, Mr. Williams is responsible for the regulatory supervision and the daily activities of the firm, as well as new product development and firm growth through acquisition and affiliation of new offices and advisors. Prior to 1987, Mr. Williams was employed by E.F. Hutton and Co. as Vice President and Branch Manager in Dallas, Texas.
BS, Oklahoma State University